Riding a high after Thursday's win to extend their winning streak to five and eclipse .500, the Phillies have since lost three in a row to the last-place Brewers following a 9-1 clunker on Sunday.
As has been the theme this series, the Phils squandered the opportunity. Jimmy Rollins fouled out to third on a 3-1 pitch. Ryan Howard singled to right, but fielding the ball on two hops, Brewers rightfielder Nori Aoki gunned a perfect throw home to easily get the not-so-speedy Young. Domonic Brown was out on a soft chopper in front of the plate to end the threat.
From that point on, Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse cruised. He retired 16 in a row after walking Jonathan Pettibone to lead off the second inning. Humberto Quintero broke the skid with a solo homer in the eighth. His first long ball of the year extended the Phillies' home run streak to 14 straight games.
Lohse picked up his second win of the year, and his first since April 22. He had gone 0-5 with a 5.53 ERA in seven starts since. The ex-Phillie has given his old club trouble recently and is now 2-1 with a 1.71 ERA in his last five regular-season starts against them.
The lone bright spot in the lineup may have been Michael Young, who had another multi-hit day, going 2 for 4. He's now 8 for 16 with a walk (and no double plays) since taking over the leadoff role, but the Phillies are 1-3 in those games.
Pettibone labored through 5 1/3 innings, allowing six runs (four earned), four hits and two walks while striking out four.
It was arguably Pettibone's worst start of the year, but his ERA remains a respectable 3.70 through 10 games. It'll be interesting to see what the Phillies decide to do with him now that John Lannan and Carlos Zambrano are both close to being major-league ready.
Jeremy Horst gave up two runs out of the bullpen as his ERA rose to 5.55. He is now tied for the team lead in appearances (26) with Antonio Bastardo, which says about all you need to know about the team's bullpen.